A Level History
The A-Level History course is designed to introduce you to British and European/World history and periods going back at least 200 years.

There will be studies in breadth and depth, and a personal study focused on different interpretations of a significant historical event.

Why study this subject at A-Level?

The course will contain a variety of learning experiences including lectures, debates, role play, films, decision-making exercises, student presentations, ICT, trips and university conferences.

With a Historical Enquiry featuring in the full A-Level Course, independent learning and study skills are expected and developed. A willingness to undertake personal reading is a crucial pre-condition for success.

Summary of the course

Edexcel History consists of four units of assessment. For the full A-Level award three papers are examined at the end of Year 13 and a personal study is internally assessed.

How is the qualification assessed?

Paper 1 Germany and West Germany,1918-89

Political and governmental change, 1918-89: includes Weimar Germany, Nazi Germany and Federal Republic of Germany; Opposition, control and consent,1918-89: includes Economic development and policies, 1918-89; Aspects of life in Germany and West Germany, 1918-89.
Historical interpretations: How far was Hitler’s foreign policy responsible for the Second World War?

Paper 2 The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy, c. 1911-46

The liberal state, c.1911-18; The rise of Mussolini and the creation of fascist dictatorship, 1919-26; The fascist state, 1925-40; Challenges to, and the fall of, the fascist state, c1935-46

Paper 3 Protest, agitation and Parliamentary reform in Britain, c. 1780-1928

Aspects in breadth: Reform of Parliament. Changing influences in parliament: impact of parliamentary reform; Aspects in depth: mass protest and agitation; Radical reformers, c1790-1819; Chartism, c1838-c1850; Contagious Diseases Act and the campaign for their repeal, 1862-86; The Women’s Social and Political Union, 1903-14; Trades union militancy, 1917-27

Paper 4 Historiographical enquiry – the study of 3 contrasting historical interpretations

Causes of World War One Or Russian Revolution 1917 Or An aspect of the British Empire


Entry Requirements

Applicants will require at least a Grade 6 in a GCSE Humanities subject or a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature.


Edexcel History 9H10

Component 1 (30%)

2 hours 15 minutes

Component 2 (30%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Component 3 (30%)

2 hours 15 minutes

Component 4 (20%)

Historical Enquiry

History A level